STUDY: Drinking Yerba Mate Tea Is as Dangerous as 'Smoking 100 Cigarettes'

Having a delicious cup of English breakfast tea is a daily occurrence for most people.

But studies have shown that one tea could triple your risk of certain cancers.

Several studies have looked at the risk between various cancers and yerba maté tea.

It’s a herbal tea that’s made from the leaves and twigs of the Ilex paraguariensis plant.

The leaves are typically dried over a fire before being dipped in hot water to make the beverage.

It’s previously been hailed for a range of health benefits including boosting your immune system.

However, a host of studies state that excessive consumption of the beverage could up your risk of cancer.

One study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarker and Prevention suggested that the tea could raise a person’s risk of lung cancer and digestive cancers such as esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, bowel cancer, pancreatic cancer and liver cancer.

This, the experts suggested, is due to the fact that the tea contains a carcinogen called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

PAHs are also found in products such as grilled meats and tobacco smoke.

The experts said: “Drinking mate, an infusion of the herb ilex paraguariensis, is very common in several South American countries, and has been associated with an increased risk of oesophageal cancer.

“This increased risk may be attributed to drinking mate very hot, or to mate’s potentially carcinogenic contaminants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.”

In a further review to the study, the experts found that it could ‘triple your risk’ of esophageal cancer.

Esophageal cancer is diagnosed around 9,200 times and is the cause of 7,900 deaths every year in the UK.

Medics have previously looked at the way people take their tea and the link to esophageal cancer.

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